Claiming defamation, former city official suing Philly controller

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Desiree Peterkin Bell (right) stands with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter during a news conference Tuesday

Desiree Peterkin Bell (right) stands with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter during a news conference Tuesday

A former city official is suing the Philadelphia’s controller, claiming defamation of character. 

Desiree Peterkin Bell said allegations made by city controller Alan Butkovitz that she used revenue from the Philadelphia Marathon to pay for pet projects of former Mayor Michael Nutter were malicious and reckless.

Butkovitz denied that.

“We said what we saw, we saw an end run around normal accounting procedures and behavior that needs to be more thoroughly reviewed,” he said. “We are going to do a very thorough review of the fund.”

Butkovitz said this isn’t the first time he’s been facing a suit.

“it comes with the territory,” he said

Peterkin Bell and her attorney were not available for comment.

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